Grace McQuilten
Ilynx (detail)
(photographic details, newspaper print)
© 2008

Ilynx is a simple proposition in a city where everything is for sale. In public space, we are confronted, at every turn, with images designed to make us want something, designed to make us feel lacking somehow. Ilynx is a public art project that explores this problem in the form of a full-scale newspaper that subverts the strategies of free tabloid, MX. The difference is that Ilynx has nothing to sell, and its only purpose is to draw attention to human sensation in a world of synthetic desire. 5,000 copies of the paper were distributed at peak hour on public transport and in major city intersections throughout the City of Melbourne on New Year’s Eve. The exhibition contains extracts from the newspaper along with original photographs and images of details of human intimacy – skin on skin, embraces, hands, lines of text that question the material desires we take for granted along with images that capture the subliminal regulations and controls in our city streets.
Grace McQuilten

Ilynx will be on display in the main Platform cabinets throughout January 2008. See Unidentified for more.